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A Look at the Paralympics

A Look at the Paralympics

Akshara Majjiga

September 8, 2016

One sporting event that stands out among all others are the Paralympics. According to BBC, there is no event that is more large-scale and has as much historic value. 160 countries compete with over 4300 athletes, all with varying disabilities. The world becomes a stage as athletes from countries all...

Q&A: Principal discusses importance of respect at school dances

Q&A: Principal discusses importance of respect at school dances

Avni Prasad

August 24, 2016

rincipal April Scott first heard the Welcome Back Dance referred to as “freshman rape" about nine years ago. She was mortified. “I have never been so sickened in my entire life,” Scott said. “I work so hard and take so much pride in this school — to think that is the reputation Monta Vi...

Release: Sibling separation

Release: Sibling separation

Rana Aghababazadeh

August 22, 2016

Students discuss the separation with their older siblings after they graduate. Co-written by Chelsea Wong he small queasy feeling at the bottom of your stomach starts to grow as mixed emotions cloud your head. The grad-ready sibling is finally leaving the nest, and you’re not sure how to feel ...

MVHS “Saturday Night Live” auditions attract a variety of performers

MVHS “Saturday Night Live” auditions attract a variety of performers

Devika Watave

August 22, 2016

Every year, the MVHS Drama Department puts on “Saturday Night Live.” In the show, students adapt classic skits from the SNL TV show. Everybody who auditioned was assigned a role in either one or multiple skits by student directors. The performers then began rehearsing with the actors for their final...

Cross country: Team highlights its drive for success

Cross country: Team highlights its drive for success

Roshan Fernandez

August 22, 2016

When the 2015-16 cross country season ended, many runners chalked the season up to a loss after the boys varsity team placed fourth in the CCS finals, just missing the cutoff for states. The girls team was more satisfied, ending the season at state championships after finishing top two in CCS for the...

Who works on Labor Day?

Who works on Labor Day?

Caitlyn Tjong

September 7, 2015

  Written by Bill Cheng, Elizabeth Han, Avni Prasad and Caitlyn Tjong. Additional reporting by Om Khandekar. Photos by Elizabeth Han, Justin Kim and Avni Prasad....

Boys volleyball: Team’s loss to Deer Valley HS in NorCals semifinals ends season

Boys volleyball: Team’s loss to Deer Valley HS in NorCals semifinals ends season

Malini Ramaiyer

May 31, 2015

Photos by Aditya Pimplaskar and Christine Liang. even seniors and four years of volleyball makes one heck of a team. The kind of team that wins a lot, that laughs at themselves on the court, that makes history. On Mar. 11, they beat Mountain View High School for the first time in MVHS’ history. ...

Closing of Vivi’s generates conversation about Cupertino’s history

Closing of Vivi’s generates conversation about Cupertino’s history

Avni Prasad

May 17, 2015

n late February, Don Nelson and his wife Katie Krocak Nelson visited their son, a De Anza College student, in Cupertino. When they searched for a place to eat lunch, their son recommended a small restaurant at the intersection of Stevens Creek Blvd. and Pasadena Ave. — Vivi’s. Immediately, Don was...

Boys volleyball: Matadors conquer the Los Gatos Wildcats 3-2 in CCS semifinals

Boys volleyball: Matadors conquer the Los Gatos Wildcats 3-2 in CCS semifinals

Malini Ramaiyer

May 17, 2015

Additional reporting, photos and videos by Aditya Pimplaskar hat happens when you take two co-champions and put them in a CCS semifinals match? You may see the higher seeded team triumph, like Los Gatos High School did for their first league game against MVHS on Apr. 1. There is also a possibility that you’d see an upset with the lower seeded team winning, like MVHS did in their second league game against LGHS on Apr. 29. Or perhaps, you’d see the match go to five se...

“The Orphan Queen” falls short on execution despite creativity and potential

“The Orphan Queen” falls short on execution despite creativity and potential

Caitlyn Tjong

April 10, 2015

She was there when the war began. It was on a night 10 years before that they stole everything she held dear and beloved as she watched atop a ledge in the cold, cold night, a small, scared child wrapped in the winds, and sobbing, wishing the old stories of the kings and queens who were kind and just...

The Privilege Issue: Talking to alumni and teachers

The Privilege Issue: Talking to alumni and teachers

Trisha Kholiya

March 11, 2015

Privilege is like the air we breathe. We can’t see it, and we hardly, if ever, acknowledge its presence. Yet it is everywhere— in the top-notch education we receive, in the houses we live in, in our cars and our smartphones and our three meals each day. Many students don’t understand their pri...

Watch out for these four sleeper teams in the NCAA tournament

Watch out for these four sleeper teams in the NCAA tournament

Pranav Iyer

March 11, 2015

he George Mason Patriots. The Butler Bulldogs. The VCU Rams. All are teams that have played Cinderella in the mayhem known as March Madness. Each year, one or two teams come out of nowhere and make a deep run in the tournament. It’s impossible to predict exactly what teams those will be, but there ...